Outstanding Senior Selected as 2019 Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Outstanding Senior Selected as 2019 Coca Cola Semifinalist Photo
Lynbrook High School senior Kaylie Hausknecht was recently selected as a Coca-Cola Semifinalist in the 2019 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Kaylie is one of 1,896 high school seniors in the nation who were chosen from more than 95,000 applications. She will continue through the selection process in the hopes of becoming one of only 150 students to earn the title of Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides scholarship programs and lifelong enrichment opportunities in support of individuals who seek to make a difference in the world. Kaylie received the honor for her exceptional leadership skills, her academic abilities and community service. Among her leadership roles, she is the president of the school’s National Honor Society, the captain of the high school’s Mathletes Team and a member of the Nassau County All Star Mathletes Team. She is also a valued member of the school’s Science Olympiad team and the Lynbrook High School Science Research Program. 

This fall, she was selected as a semifinalist in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Competition. She has taken every Advanced Placement science course offered at Lynbrook High School and as a sophomore, was enrolled in the highest Advanced Placement mathematics class, AP Calculus BC. Kaylie was also one of five finalists in the nation in the Genes in Space contest for her DNA experiment proposal fit for the International Space Station. As a finalist, she traveled to San Francisco during the summer to present her research at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference.

Her community service efforts include volunteering with SIBSPlace, Survivorship in Brothers and Sisters, an organization that works with those whose loved ones are impacted by cancer and terminal illnesses. She also volunteers her time at a local Hebrew school.

As a semifinalist, Kaylie will submit her application which will be reviewed in Jan. 2019. After the review process, the Program Reading Committee will select 250 regional finalists who will continue to compete to become one of the 150 Coca-Cola Scholars. 

Congratulations, Kaylie on this great achievement!